Facebook then restored the original post. See details.
He argues that as the digital world steadily eclipses the soap box as our most frequent forum for speech, companies like Facebook are gaining government-like power to enforce societal norms on massive swaths of people and content. A meaningful appeals process is, therefore, beyond due. Free Future.
Fortunately, Facebook is generally receptive to these arguments. Anything we post illustrates a broader point about our civil liberties. And sure enough, this particular naked statue did just that by serving as a touchstone for a conversation about community standards and censorship. The statue is at the swirling center of a community fight that implicates the First Amendment, obscenity, and lookint the proper use of the criminal justice system.
But like all censors, its decisions can seem arbitrary, and it also just makes mistakes. The whole episode is a reminder that corporate censorship is bad policy and bad business. Our Facebook post included a link to the blog post and a photo of the statue in question.
A business primer from our colleagues in California illustrates how heavy-handed censorship is as bad a choice in business as it is in government. The irony here is pretty thick.
A complaint-driven review procedure creates a very real risk that perfectly acceptable content like…you know, images of public art will be triggered for removal based on the vocal objections of a disgruntled minority. This information is shared with social media, sponsorship, analytics, and other vendors or service providers. Unfortunately, with more than a billion users and the hundreds of thousands of reports we process each week, we occasionally make a mistake.
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A recent post of ours, highlighting my blog post about an attempt to censor controversial public art in Kansas, was itself deemed morally unfit for Facebook. Fight for everyone's rights - support the ACLU. And when they misfire, as they did here, there must be a process in place to remove the muzzle.
wekeend Our intrepid Digital Media Associate, Rekha Arulananthamgot word on Sunday that the Facebook post had been deleted, and was no longer viewable by our Facebook followers or anyone else. Related Stories.
We hope that we've rectified the mistake to your satisfaction. Facebook has a strict policy against the sharing of pornographic content and any explicitly sexual content where a minor is involved. That is, before Facebook removed the post.
Thousands of people read the blog and hundreds commented on Facebook, weighing in on the censorship controversy. Then, astoundingly, on Tuesday morning Rekha discovered the ACLU had been blocked from posting for 24 hours, with a message from Facebook warning us these were the consequences for repeat violations of its policy. The blog is about a kerfuffle over a statue in a public park outside Kansas City: a nude woman taking a selfie of her own exposed bronze breasts.
We apologize for this error. More unfortunately, our ultimate success is cold comfort for anyone who has a harder time getting their s returned than does the ACLU. My colleague Jay Stanley has highlighted the dangers of corporate censorship before here on the s of Free Future.